List of of the activities
– 15 January:
* Statutory meeting with reading of the annual report (F. Nolf) and discussion of the strategy for the meetings in 2018;
* First impressions after the trip to Taiwan and Japan (Steve Hubrecht);
* Some videos on YouTube;
* A first acquaintance with the CASSIDAE-book by G. Verbinnen et al, on the basis of specimens from the collection of Luc Segers (F. Nolf);
* Comments on the iBook of Guido Poppe (‘Collecting Shells in times of internet’)
* New Year’s reception with sparkling wine and snacks (Mrs. Nolf).
– 19 February:
* Important decisions to be made regarding the website (F. Nolf);
* Presentation of remarkable shells (very large specimens, deformations, shells with a story, …);
* Movies on YouTube;
* The CASSIDAE family: attention for some special specimens and questionable species (F. Nolf);
* In-depth discussion about G. Poppe’s iBook.
– 19 March:
* Determination of TEREBRIDAE, with special attention to T. fenestrata, T. amanda and South African species (Yves Terryn);
* A short film about the activities at Conchology, Inc. (G. Poppe);
* The CASSIDAE family: pro and contra of the book by G. Verbinnen et al ;
* Looking back at the Shell Show in Paris;
* Short items: results of excursions at De Panne and Ostend (F. Nolf).
– 23 April:
* Slides of journeys from a distant past (South Africa – Hendrik White, Canary Islands and Brittany – F. Nolf);
* YouTube movies;
* First report of the trip to São Tomé (Steve Hubrecht);
– 14 May:
* Lecture by Steve Hubrecht about his trip to Japan and Taiwan;
* A series of slides about living molluscs in South Africa (Hendrik White);
* Presentation of the ‘De Boe’ collection by means of a digital slide report.
– 18 June:
* Set up of the calendar for the meetings in the second semester;
* Review of the Shell Show in Antwerp;
* New insights into the systematics of PLEUROTOMARIIDAE as a result of DNA research (Patrick Anseeuw);
* Inspection of newly published books and journal issues (Steve Hubrecht);
* Slide reportage of the trip to St Martin (Dirk Nolf);
* Acquaintance with the real Latirus tigroides Kilburn, 1975;
* Presentation of a fast and perfect conversion of classic slides and photos to digitized images.
– 20 August:
* A new study on endemic Conus species from Senegal (Johan Verstraeten);
* Slides and videos from the past (F. Nolf);
* Do activity: arranging the collection of CASSIDAE (F. Nolf) into the drawers of a shell cabinet by using genus and species names;
* Discussion session: how do we deal with all ‘name changes’ (internet, WoRMS, literature) and what are the consequences of DNA research on the organization of our collections?
– 17 September:
* The Polyplacophora of St Martin (PowerPoint presentation by F. Nolf);
* A first look at a new issue of ‘Neptunea‘;
* A sample of 75 Strombus pugilis specimens snorkeled on St Martin one month before the disaster with Hurricane Irma;
* Trigonostoma gofasi Verhecken, 2007 and the junior synonym T. damasoi Cossignani, 2015 (F. Nolf).
– 9 October:
* Guido Poppe on visit;
* Impressions after the shell fair in Öhringen;
* The Listing V1.0 (a list with adjustment of names in Philippine Marine Mollusks 1-5 (G. Poppe) with further discussion about name changes and influence on the organization of collections;
* Digitized slides from the old box, including shells as bycatch from the North Sea fishery (F. Nolf);
* The start of the new version of the website and all the problems associated with it: a first look at the website in construction (F. Nolf and granddaughter Delphine Clement as webmaster).
– 19 November:
* Visit of our friends from the Kempen (Gilbert Verbinnen and Luc Segers) and Limburg (Frank Swinnen);
* Digital photos of the Shell Show in London and a visit to the English south coast (Yves Terryn);
* The renovation of the website in an advanced stage;
* First report of the trip to the Cape Verde Islands (Steve Hubrecht, Rika Goethaels and Fernand De Donder);
* Presentation of new books and issues of periodicals, in particular our own magazine, Neptunea, 14 (2);
* The last steps in the research of the Congolese-Angolan Cymbium species (F. Nolf) (paper in preparation).
– 17 December:
* The genus Cymbium in Angolan waters and presentation of a new species: extensive PowerPoint presentation by F. Nolf;
* Set up of the calendar for the meetings in the first semester of 2018;
* Drawing up a series of topics that can be worked out as agenda items for the next meetings;
* Interesting papers published in the autumn of 2017 followed by comments;
* Spectacular images of the devastation on the island of St Martin by Hurricane Irma: the situation immediately after the disaster and the current situation (Patricia Nolf).